Some spring cleaning tips during these difficult times
We hope you and your families are safe and well. During the lockdown everyone has been busy cleaning and doing projects they hadn’t got around to, or finishing unfinished projects. We’ve certainly had lots of calls from previous customers asking if we’re still working. That’s why we thought we’d update you in case you were wondering too.
We take the health and well-being of our team and customers very seriously. That’s why we decided to follow the Government’s advice and “stay at home” for three weeks, and for us that’s until the 20th of April. Whilst we are considered an important service, cleaning and disinfecting, we didn’t want to potentially add to the spread of the SARS CoV 2 Virus, which is what causes the CoVid-19 illness.
We’re not intending to do any cleaning in people’s homes until after the 20th of April. We were already fully trained and certified in Infection control cleaning. We use those measures in the healthcare environments we already work in, such as Doctor’s surgeries, hospitals, care homes and schools. We thought it might be useful to share some simple precautionary ‘infection control’ cleaning tips to help keep your home as safe as possible right now, just for your extra peace of mind.
Washing your hands
You don’t need to use expensive or difficult to find hand sanitisers. Washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds, if you wash whilst singing Happy Birthday twice, and then using hot water to rinse will be just as effective at washing any nasties away. Dry thoroughly and apply a moisturiser to help your skin retain its natural barrier.
At home – Clean & Disinfect
Cleaning and disinfecting are two different things. Cleaning is about removing contaminants from a surface, such as the soil you can see and the bacteria and viruses you can’t. Disinfecting is about ‘killing’ those bacteria and viruses. You should clean AND disinfect what are known as “touch-points”. There are the obvious ones like doorknobs, taps, worktops and bathroom areas, but some perhaps not so obvious are any hard flat surface, hard parts on chairs or stools, your doors and door frames, light switches, your phone, TV remotes, even mouse mats, the mouse and keyboard, including things like games consoles and their controllers. Basically, anywhere you touch, perhaps sometimes without realising it.
At work – Clean & Disinfect
If you’re still travelling into work consider carrying disinfectant wipes and treating touch points in your shared or personal workspace too. Also wipe the touch points in your vehicle when you arrive back at home before going onto the house and washing your hands.
Ideally you should use disposable wipes or paper kitchen towels, but if you do use cloths wash them separately to your other laundry at 60 degrees C or higher.
Still having to go out? What to do when you get home
If you’ve been out to work, or for your exercise or essential shopping, the NHS recommends washing your clothing at 60 degrees C and taking care not to shake your clothing as you remove it.